ICOMOS has the pleasure of announcing that Dr Samir Abdulac, Chair of ICOMOS Working Group for the safeguarding of cultural heritage in Syria and Iraq (and neighbouring countries) was awarded the 2015 Summit Award on Heritage impact delivered by the CyArk 500 Challenge in Berlin on 19 October 2015. ICOMOS congratulates Dr Abdulac on this well deserved distinction.
Our grateful thanks go to ICOMOS Japan for the perfectly organised ICOMOS Annual General Assembly and Advisory Committee which just took place in Fukuoka from 26 to 29 October 2015.
The meetings were attended overall by more than 190 participants. 38 National Committees and 22 International Scientific Committees were officially represented (not all of which could vote at the Annual General Assembly and/or Advisory Committee).
ICOMOS supports the Monuments Women and Men of Syria and Iraq / أيكوموس (ICOMOS) المجلس الدولي للمعالم والمواقع يساند نساء ورجال المواقع في سوريا و العراق
The on-going crisis and fighting in the Middle East are giving rise to humanitarian consequences of an unprecedented scale since the World Wars. The number of victims, refugees and displaced persons is growing day by day, not to mention the acts of torture, rape, enslavement and the eradication of the traditional cultural diversity of the region.
Public opinion is also moved by the increasing destruction of the cultural heritage of the region that bears witness to early human exploits, the common roots of different civilizations and their mutual enrichment.
The Sustainable Development Goals were adopted during the UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda in New York on 25 September 2015.
Goal 11 is one of 17 new SDGs and focuses on cities and the role of heritage in making them sustainable.
A preparatory event "Europe's cultural heritage common opportunities and challenges" to announce officially the European Cultural Heritage Year initiative will be held in Berlin on 13th of November 2015.
The ICC Berlin is a landmark of former West Berlin. Its relevance has long been accepted by the scientific community in Germany. Important institutions (the Architectural Association of Berlin, the Bund Heimat und Umwelt in Deutschland, the Monument Council of Berlin, the Association of Conservationists in Germany) have argued publicly for the listing of the ICC.
On 31 August 2015, Ms Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO visited the Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum in Xi’an (China). On this occasion, Mr Guo Zhan, former ICOMOS Vice President and Director of the ICOMOS International Conservation Centre -Xi’an (IICC-X), which is run under the aegis of ICOMOS China, introduced Ms Bokova to the work of the IICC-X.